KPG’s Nejad brothers receive maximum sentences

Wednesday, September 3, 2008 at 2:51am
Two convicted members of the Kurdish Pride gang received a combinted 62 years in jail. Steve Lowry/File

One was described as a loving father, the other as a hard-working honor student on the brink of his college degree, but Kurdish Pride Gang members Ako and Aso Nejad received a combined 62 years in a state correction facility in criminal court on Tuesday.

Judge Cheryl Blackburn sentenced Ako Nejad to a total of 37 years for conspiracy to commit murder and attempted second-degree murder of a Metro Parks officer. His brother Aso Nejad received 25 years for conspiracy.

The full sentences from Blackburn came after emotional testimony from family and friends of the Nejad brothers, who described them as hard working, intelligent and family-oriented.

Aso Nejad’s wife testified that her husband is a good father to their 3-year-old son. The brothers’ uncle said Ako Nejad was an honor student at Glencliff High and had just one semester before he received his undergraduate degree from Middle Tennessee State University.

But Assistant District Attorney General Rob McGuire said the Nejad brothers had “two faces.” The other side included a violent criminal history laced with multiple gun-related and drug-related arrests, he said.

Judge Blackburn sided with McGuire’s assessment, stating the Nejad brothers were leaders in the conspiracy and that their multiple previous arrests warranted the maximum sentences in the latest case.

Metro Parks Officer James Spray, who was the victim of the attempted murder, testified he couldn’t wrap his mind around why the Nejad brothers did what they did at Edwin Warner Park two years ago.

“I’ve had the hardest time understanding why people come from a war-torn country where people are suppressed and you bring that here with you,” Spray said during his testimony, referring to the violence carried out by the KPG. “To try to take the person’s life because of a drug deal, or because of wrong-place, wrong-time or because to help your friend get away… I don’t understand it. I guess I’ll never understand it.”

While on patrol Aug. 4, 2006, Spray randomly drove upon a group of Kurdish Pride Gang members who were waiting to execute a retribution killing of a Nashville drug dealer who had robbed one of them earlier.

The sentencing of the Nejad brothers is the first of two court appearances for alleged KPG members.

Three individuals, at least two of whom are cousins of the Nejads, will be in court Thursday to faces charges of coercion of a witness and retaliation for past action. Abbas Nejat, Feriya Yuzdanparast and Mohammad Nejad were charged after they allegedly made threatening statements toward one of the individuals who testified against their cousins during the July trial.

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By: pandabear on 12/31/69 at 6:00

"I’ve had the hardest time understanding why people come from a war-torn country where people are suppressed and you bring that here with you"Even this officer that got shot at is trying to understand. I'm glad he didn't get hit.I say they bring what's inside them. Maybe we should just leave them there.

By: silverfox on 12/31/69 at 6:00

What boggles my mind is why people make statements such as "you bring that here with you" First of all these young men came here as very small children. They learned how to live, defend themselves, and survive in the schools and on the streets in Nashville, Tennessee (NOT IRAQ) IN AMERICA FROM PEOPLE BORN HERE. Any alleged gang involvement and activities were learned and formed right here while they were growing up in Nashville, Tennessee (NOT IRAQ)as a matter of self-defense. Did all the "Gangs" in America (too numerous to name) "bring that here" with them also? I think not. Would the "MAXIMUM" sentence have been given to them if they were "WHITE AMERICANS" instead of "KURDISH AMERICANS"? I DOUBT IT....A lessor sentence with a lot of Community service attached at the end may have been a better form of rehabilitation and a better way to spend my tax dollars. People convicted of murder receive less time. I think the Judge and our Justice System was unfair and prejudiced against them. I BELIEVE AMERICA AS A WHOLE FAILED THESE YOUNG MEN.

By: nnoseworthy on 12/31/69 at 6:00

Yes, I believe that "white americans" or any other arbitrary group would also get the "Maximum" sentence for attempted murder of a peace/law officer.If anyone failed these young men, it was their parents.

By: airvols on 12/31/69 at 6:00

Silverfox you must be the defense attorney, what a bunch of crap. These people have the opportunity to become productive citizens in our country. I'm sure they bring the habits of the parents and country with them and assume they can conduct themselves the same way in America. WRONG! Of all people who have arrived on our shores they should have been greatful. I don't see the other 300 kids that graduated from Glennclif shooting at park officers. WE SHOULD HAVE GIVEN THEM MORE TIME IN PRISON. I know we have kids walking the halls of local high schools afarid to go to class everyday because of the Kurdish Gangs in the schools system. It's time to take back civil order and punish the offenders. WE FINALLY HAVE A JUDGE WITH SOME GUTS TO SAY, ENOUGH, YEAH! JUSTICE AT LAST!

By: bfra on 12/31/69 at 6:00

I agree with you 100%! Silverfox must be one of their gang members.

By: slzy on 12/31/69 at 6:00

since Saddam H. is dead,why don't they go home?

By: yonderMTN on 12/31/69 at 6:00

America is responsible? The only thing America is responsible for is giving them an opportunity. If they are irresponsible enough for whatever reason to squander the opportunities they were given, that's not on America. They failed themselves and their families. Nothing in this country is guaranteed, some have to work harder than others, so what? There are rules for a reason; if you don’t abide by them, then you must be accountableObviously, this country has its problems but to have the country bear responsibility for these people's actions is ridiculous. They made the decisions, now they must be accountable for their actions. Black, whit, blue, or green, I’m glad we have a judge that will force people to be accountable for what they did.

By: silverfox on 12/31/69 at 6:00

Nope wrong never had any gang affiliation...Not one of defense attorneys ... And before you go there not family either. I wonder what part of our productive society you play a role in? But it sounds like you know them personally. Thank-you for informing me that KPG has numerous members numbering in the hundreds or thousands I was completely under the impression from everything I have heard or read that their numbers were very small. I must have missed the news that they were terrorizing all the High Schools in Nashville? And I also must have missed the news saying all the Gangster Disciples, MS13, Latin Kings, Brown pride etc. had been locked up or disbanded at some point and Kurdish Pride had taken over the City and the schools? Irregardless your opinion is yours and mine is mine and we all have one don't we?

By: Tweety93 on 12/31/69 at 6:00

Face it folks, these two have a criminal back ground regardless of how good they were in school.It has nothing to do with their color,family, where they came from,or even what GANG they are in. It has to do with THEY BROKE THE LAW! They shoot at a police officer for doing his job. They intended to take a life and didn't care who's it was.THEY CHOSE THE PATH THEY WALKED ON THEREFORE THE CHOSE THIS OUTCOME.

By: boohoo on 12/31/69 at 6:00

People "escape" from countries that murder, rape, surpress freedoms and beliefs. They come to America or another country to have a sense of safety. America positively has some HUGE problems with gangs, goverment, citizens etc. But the questions remains, why would you do onto others that of which you dont want done to yourself or the ones that you love? If you get the opportunity to live a safer life, why would you inflict what you and your family have escaped? I didnt take it that he meant "you brought your guns and attitudes with you

By: boohoo on 12/31/69 at 6:00

FURTHER MORE.....I too came here as a very small child, its called birth, and I too learned on the streets and in schools how to protect myself. I too had a family to raise me with the morals and values that they chose to instill in me. But I NEVER sold drugs and I NEVER shot at anyone and I NEVER joined a gang BECAUSE I CHOSE NOT TOO! That is Americas foundation, CHOICES.

By: silverfox on 12/31/69 at 6:00

So let me see if I understand this...People who are not born here have no right to be here? People who are not born here have no right to defend themselves or retaliate when attacked by "AMERICAN GANGS"? And America is not responsible for providing schools that are safe, gang free environments for all children so that they don't have to make wrong choices? And people who are not born here in America deserve sentences far greater than someone else would receive? Thank-you so much I have been so enlightened today!

By: Tweety93 on 12/31/69 at 6:00

Wow silverfox... where did you pull that from?? I don't recall any like that being said. Seems to me you're trying to find the negative in everything and anything said.The only thing being said is they BOTH had CHOICES!!! Nobody twisted their arms and made them do ALL the things they've done. They chose the path they walked on therefore they chose this outcome! THere's an old saying that fits.... YOU REAP WHAT YOU SOW! Bad things happen to good people all the time, that doesn't give them the right to deal drugs, break the laws and kill!! REGARDLESS of where they came from or the color of there skin. Seems you're trying to make this about race and it's not. Maybe you should think about the path your on!What about the Officer and his family. Do they now have the right to kill because these two tried to kill him? I would put money on the fact that the officer and his family don't care what color they were or what gang they were in. They tried to take his life. Not only is he a police officer but he is also human and has a family that loves him. What about him? Are you so busy defending thugs that you can't see the whole picture. This touched alot of peoples lives. Look past your nose!

By: nnoseworthy on 12/31/69 at 6:00

My opinion:People who were not born here have every right to be here, provided they come here legally.EVERYONE, regardless of where they are or where they were born, have the right to defend themselves from any and all attacks.America DOES have the responsibility of providing a safe environment for children to learn facts (and decision making, to some extent).Everyone, regardless of birth-origin, must abide by the laws of the land.Silverfox: site an example of attempted homicide of a law/peace officer where the offender(s) did not get a hefty sentence.I am not against Kurdish people in any way. My 1st-grader son has a Kurdish friend (and they are a lovely family, as far as I can tell). I buy my cigarettes (evil as both the cigarettes and my addiction to them are) from a Kurdish-owned and operated store. If a Brown Pride, Crip, Blood, Disciple, Saint, etc. attempted to kill a police-person, I would expect that, if convicted, they would spend a long time in jail. Honor-student or not, when you make the decision to shoot at someone, there are consequences, at least in America.

By: Blanketnazi2 on 12/31/69 at 6:00

Anyone who threatens the life of a police officer should get a huge sentence.

By: Yarddog on 12/31/69 at 6:00

Seems like for whatever reason, these guys thought they were bad and acted very badly. But when it's time to pay the fiddler they are so put upon by the system. Waaaaa, Waaaaaa, Waa. They are truly lucky that after attempting to kill a police officer, they made it to jail and trial and not into a Joelton ditch like in the old days. Dog Out and happy they are behind bars